Tag: Geraldine Thompson

Ryan RayOctober 5, 2015

The Senate’s committee on Commerce & Tourism has  advanced legislation to prevent companies for asking employees for their Facebook or Twitter passwords. The panel on Monday approved SB 186 sponsored by Lake Worth Sen. Jeff Clemens, which explicit prohibits employers from requiring access to the private social media accounts of workers or prospective hires. “The issue is, you’re putting […]

Frank TorresSeptember 28, 2015

Lawmakers and activists held a rally in East Orlando Monday morning, pushing to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The rally was centered around a trio of state lawmakers who have accepted the minimum wage challenge, which requires them to live off of $8.05 for one week. “It is something that is necessary for our working […]

Mitch PerrySeptember 25, 2015

St. Petersburg House Democrat Darryl Rouson has filed legislation (HB 243) that would ban the display of Confederate flags and symbols on publicly owned or leased property. It will serve as a companion to Orlando Democrat Geraldine Thompson’s bill in the state Senate. “I can understand people wanting to honor the legacy of their Southern History, but when history and symbolism to […]

Frank TorresSeptember 25, 2015

Campaign signs popping up in state Rep. Randolph Bracy‘s House District 45 – and deeper into state Senate District 12 – further fuel the idea that he might make a jump to the upper chamber in 2016. Many campaign signs were spotted in the Parramore area, outside of the HD 45 seat, but firmly in Bruce Antone‘s HD 46 seat. Rumors […]

Frank TorresSeptember 25, 2015

Orlando state Sen. Geraldine Thompson gave her constituents an update on the latest developments on changes to congressional and state senate districts at a redistricting town hall Thursday night. It was an effort to educate voters about who will be on the ballot in 2016. Thompson began with a review of the Fair Districts act of 2010, which […]

Frank TorresSeptember 17, 2015

Attorney Greg Jackson will be running for Florida House District 45 in 2016, the seat now held by Democratic incumbent Randolph Bracy. “As I volunteer throughout this neighborhood and talk to people, there is increasing frustration with our representation in Tallahassee and I believe we need a change,” Jackson said Thursday morning. “Throughout my life, service […]

Ryan RaySeptember 15, 2015

Orlando Democrat Sen. Geraldine Thompson filed legislation Tuesday to require certain employers to provide paid leave for employees stricken with illness or facing threatening situations at home. Thompson’s SB 294 would create the “Healthy Working Families Act” and dictate that certain regularly scheduled, nonindependent contractor workers are entitled to compensated time off if they are sick or […]

Frank TorresAugust 24, 2015

For a second time, Democratic State Sen. Darren Soto introduced legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as “fracking,” in Florida. At a Monday afternoon press conference, Soto made the case for supporting SB 166 in the 2016 Legislative Session.  He cited the main reason for filing the bill was repeated attempts by energy companies […]

Mitch PerryAugust 24, 2015

In two Florida counties, the Confederate flag continues to fly proudly. That would no longer be allowed under proposed legislation introduced last week by Orlando Democratic state Sen. Geraldine Thompson. Her bill would ban the display of Confederate flags on state and local government property in Florida. “Public buildings are supported by taxpayers, and taxpayers come […]

Frank TorresAugust 20, 2015

In an email Thursday morning, former Orlando Police Chief and current congressional candidate Val Demings reminded supporters of her history growing up, while promoting a message of empowerment for women in all parts of the community. “As one of seven children to a maid and janitor,” the email said, “Val was inspired by her parents’ unyielding work ethic […]


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